Everything in Israel that is devoted to the LORD is yours. Numbers 18:14 (NIV)
All the firstfruits of the land that the people present to the LORD belong to you. Any member of your family who is ceremonially clean may eat this food. Whatever is specially set apart for the LORD also belongs to you. (Numbers 18:13+14 NLT)
He allowed his priests to partake in the most perfect first fruits, the best selections from all of the Israelites belongings. He gives them full access to the items brought to HIM for sacrifice. Whatever is completely set apart for God’s use (as sacrifice or for destruction) – this is what God is sharing with his workers.
In today’s world, the wandering in the wilderness looks a little different but it is still there. And who are these blessed priests today that get to partake in the sacrifices given to the one true God? We are. I am. All believers are. Check it out:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, all believers have become God’s chosen people – a royal priesthood – able to partake in whatever is set apart for the LORD. His grace, his compassion, his wisdom, his joy, his peace, his understanding are all here for us to partake in with Jesus! What an awesome present!
Challenge: Whenever I feel my chest tighten with stress, I will resist the urge to run and instead remember that I am his special possession and ask Him to provide the faith I need.